It has been over 700 days since the NASCAR Cup Series drivers have been to southern California and Auto Club Speedway to kick off the “west coast swing” of the NASCAR schedule.

The season is only in the second week and once again, several teams have been hit with inspection issues. A total of seven teams had to make more than one trip through the inspection process with one driver failing three times.

Driving for 23XI Racing, Kurt Busch’s number 45 car failed pre-qualifying inspection three times; as a result he will not be allowed to make a qualifying run, will start the race from the back of the field, lose his car chief David Bryant for the race, and have to serve a pass-through penalty down pit road once the race begins.

Six other teams failed the inspection process two times and will lose a member for the race and their pit stall selection…

the Stewart-Haas Racing number four driven by Kevin Harvick

the Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing number six car driven by Brad Keselowski

the Team Penske number 12 car driven by Ryan Blaney
The Team Penske number 22 car driven by Joey Logano

the 23XI Racing number 23 car driven by Bubba Wallace

and the Live Fast Motorsports number 78 driven by BJ McLeod

Kevin Harvick moves to the back of the field after as the result of a crash during the practice/qualifying session.

Austin Cindric earns his his Cup Series pole in his ninth Cup Series start. Cindric is the first rookie to lead the points standings in 20 years. Jimmie Johnson was the last rookie to do so.

Former NASCAR Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth joins Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the broadcast booth for the race.


The lineup for the Wise Power 400:
Austin Cindric
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Tyler Reddick
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ty Dillon
Christopher Bell
Chris Buescher
Cole Custer
Harrison Burton
Michael McDowell
Chase Briscoe
Corey LaJoie
Todd Gilliland
Cody Ware
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Ross Chastain
Bubba Wallace
Justin Haley
Kurt Busch

Stages one and two of the race are 65 laps each with stage three lasting 70 laps for a total of 200 laps around the two mile track.

The drivers can run 38 to 42 laps on a single load of fuel, but the tires fall off much quicker than that. The drivers will have to take care of their tires until they can get a fresh set.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20 to check the condition of the tires. The teams each 12 sets of tires for the race.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front but Erik Jones comes up front the inside lane to take the lead.

Drivers are already three and four wide across the wide track.

Erik Jones leads lap one.

The top five are Erik Jones, Austin Cindric, Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, and Ryan Blaney.

After failing the inspection process three times, Kurt Busch had to serve a pass through penalty once the race started and stayed on the lead lap.

Lap four, Erik Jones leads the pack with Austin Cindric in second; Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. This is the first time that Jones has led a lap in California.

Lap seven, Tyler Reddick passes Austin Cindric for second.

After starting at the back of the field, Kyle Larson has already moved into the top 20 in 16th place.

Lap eight, after starting the race in third place, Kyle Busch is falling through the field; reporting numerous handling issues.

Lap nine, Erik Jones has led every lap so far; Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, Austin Cindric, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 10, Tyler Reddick passes Erik Jones from the outside lane to take the lead.

Kyle Busch brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap 15 when he spins out after getting stuck in a seam. NASCAR has named this the competition caution. Crews can check tires and fuel the cars.

The field comes down pit road for service with Tyler Reddick winnng the race off of pit road.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 20 from the outside lane. Reddick takes the lead with Chase Elliott in second; William Byron, Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 22, Tyler Reddick battles with Chase Elliott for the lead with Elliott taking the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 23, the top five are Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, Erik Jones, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 24, all 36 drivers are on the lead lap.

Lap 25, a rim rider, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has been passing cars on the bottom of the track and is currently in fourth place.

Kyle Larson’s team reported excessive wear on the tires after the competition caution of lap 15.

Lap 27, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Tyler Reddick; William Byron, Erik Jones, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Lap 33, Chase Elliott continies to lead the race with Tyler Reddick in second a second a half back.

Leader Chase Elliott slaps the wall but the track stays green…and he holds on to the lead, but is now less than a second out in front.

Lap 35, the top five are Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, Erik Jones, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 36, Tyler Reddick retakes the lead.

Lap 37, Kyle Busch is reporting some temperature issues and is coming down pit road. He has some debris in the grille.

Chase Elliott brings out the second caution flag of the race when he spins out on lap 38. BJ McLeod is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service. Tyler Reddick is reporting some issues; saying that there may be an issue with his seat. Tyler Reddick wins the race off of pit road.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 43 and gets out in front of Erik Jones to hold on to the lead.

Lap 44, the top five are Tyler Reddick, William Byron, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones.

Cody Ware is off the track with car issues.

Tyler Reddick reports that his left leg is numb and he is having difficulty concentrating. FOX broadcaster Clint Bowyer reports that the driver restraints may be too tight in the groin area and cutting off Reddick’s circulation.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 47, despite his issues, Tyler Reddick leads the race with William Byron in second; Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

With 16 laps remaining in stage one, Tyler Reddick is pulling away from the field. He may not have any feeling in his left leg, but his right leg – the gas pedal – is doing just fine.

The caution flag comes out on lap 54 when Josh Bilicki spins out and gets stuck in the grass. Martin Truex Jr brushes the wall but saves the car.

Only eleven laps remain in stage one, but the drivers come down pit road for service.

Tyler Reddick wins the race off of pit road once again.

Kurt Busch was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

On the previous caution flag, Austin Dillon was also caught speeding on pit road.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with eight laps remaining in stage one and holds on to the lead.

Drivers are spreading out four and five wide across the track.

Lap 59, Tyler Reddick continues to lead the race with Erik Jones in second; William Byron, Chase Briscoe, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Cody Ware has returned to the track 14 laps down.

Five laps remain in stage one, Tyler Reddick has a half second lead on Erik Jones.

Daniel Suarez is wearing the visorcam again this week. The view through the camera, the track is so rough it looks like a bobble head.

After leading more than half of the laps, Tyler Reddick wins stage one by over half a second for his fifth stage win of his career.

The top 10 at the end of stage one;
Tyler Reddick
Erik Jones
William Byron
Chase Briscoe
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Austin Cindric
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Chase Elliott is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Tyler Reddick winning the race off of pit road once again. Reddick believes that his bulking up over the off-season is the cause of his discomfort. He has been loosening his seat belt during cautions for relief. He has led 42 of the 69 laps run so far.

Todd Gilliland lost a wheel during his pit stop; NASCAR had to retrieve the tire.

Mark Martin made a surprise visit to the FOX Sports broadcast booth.

Kurt Busch’s crew reports some issues with getting all of the tires on the car.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane with Chase Briscoe alongside on lap 74. Chase Briscoe edges out for the lead after a push from Kyle Larson.

Kyle Larson comes from the inside lane and takes the lead.

Lap 75, Tyler Reddick pushes Chase Briscoe to the front.

The top five are Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Joey Logano.

Lap 76, Tyler Reddick blows by on the inside lane to battle for the lead but Chase Briscoe holds him off..

Lap 77, Kyle Larson and William Byron battle with Tyler Reddick for second.

Lap 78, Chase Briscoe leads the race, Tyler Reddick, William Bryon, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 81, Chase Briwscoe continues ot lead the race with Tyler Reddick in second.

Lap 85, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, Ryan Blaneuy, and Kyle Larson.

Kyle Busch has another issue with his car when he gets a flat tire. The four time Fontana winner is curerently four laps down.

Lap 88, Alex Bowman reports issues with the “dirty air”.

Lap 89, Chase Briscoe has a lead of less than half a second on Tyler Reddick; William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Jogy Logano round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out for a crash on lap 91. Denny Hamlin was coming down pit road at the time of the caution with temperature issues. Christopher Bell spins out. He is stuck on the track with flat tires.

Chase Elliott is the “luck dog” once again.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Tyler Reddick winning the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin is caught with too many men coming over the wall too soon.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 97 from the outside lane with Chase Briscoe on the inside. Reddick takes the lead while the drivers get four and five wide across the track.

The top five are Tyler Reddick, William Byron, Chase Briscoe, Kyle Larson and Erik Jones.

Lap 100, Tyler Reddick has a half second lead on William Byron; Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Alex Bowman makes some contact with Austin Cindric but they did not wreck and the track stays green.

Lap 101, William Byron passes Tyler Reddick for the lead.

Christopher Bell has taken his car to the garage.

Lap 109, William Byron has a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson; Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 112 when Chris Buescher blows a tire and hits the wall hard. His car is stalled with the driver’s side against the wall.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires. William Byron’s team has truble with the tires. Tyler Reddick wins the race off of pit road once again.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 15 laps remaining in stage two. As the cars spread out across the track, Erik Jones gets out in front but Tyler Reddick comes form the inside to battle for the lead.

Lap 117, Brad Keselowski spins out and ends up in the grass to bring out the caution flag. Josh Bilicki is the “lucky dog” and gets one of his laps back.

Upon further inspection, the tire issue in William Byron’s pits was due to a lug nut gun. The crew is changing out to a new gun.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 10 laps remaining in stage two. Drivers immediately spread out three, four, and five wide across the track. Erik Jones gets out in front for the lead. Tyler Reddick comes form the inside to pass Jones for the lead.

Lap 123, the top five are Tyler Reddick, Erik Jones, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Cole Custer.

Chris Buescher and Christopher Bell are out of the race.

Five laps remain in stage two, Tyler Reddick has a lead of over a second on Erik Jones.

With a lead of over a second, Tyler Reddick wins stage two for the stage sweep. Since stage racing began, the driver who won stage one has also won the race.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Tyler Reddick
Erik Jones
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Austin Cindric
Aric Almirola
William Byron
Denny Hamlin

Something has hit the camera on top fof Kyle Busch’s car and busted the lens.

Tyler Reddick has led more laps today than he did all of last season.

Josh Bilicki is the “lucky dog” and is now back on the lead lap.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Tyler Reddick winning the race off of pit road once again.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 137. Drivers quickly get three wide across the track. Tyler Reddick takes the lead but Joey Logano is challenging on the inside lane.

Aric Almirola spins out but the track stays green as drivers scatter across the track. Almirola drives down pit road and keeps going to stay on the lead lap.

Lap 139, Aric Almirola says that he has flat spotted the tires and comes down it road for fresh tires.

Lap 140. Tyler Reddick has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Erik Jones, Alex Bowman, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Lap 142, Tyler Reddick has increased his lead to over a second on Erik Jones.

Lap 145, Tyler Reddick has dominated the race and continues to lead with Erik Jones in second. He has now led more laps than he has in his entire Cup career.

Lap 147, the top five are Tyler Reddick, Erik Jones, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman.

Josh Bilicki has a flat tire but makes it to pit road under a green track.

Lap 150, 50 to go, Tyler Reddick continues to lead the race with Erik Jones in second; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick reports vibration with a flat tire. The caution flag comes out when Reddick and William Byron make heavy contact on lap 151.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires with Erik Jones winning the race off of pit road.

Tyler Reddick remains in the race but William Bryon had to be towed back to pit road.

Aric Almirola is the “lucky dog”.

Denny Hamlin is caught speeding on pit road.

Tyler Reddick makes a second trip down pit road for repairs. The two in the car is out of whack.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart with 44 laps remaining in the race with 28 cars on the lead lap. Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 154, Joey Logano leads the race with Kyle Larson in second; Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

The 10th caution flag comes out for a big crash involving Brad Keselowski, Bubba Wallace, Austin Cindric, and Harrison Burton.

Daniel Hemric is the “lucky dog”.

Previously it NASCAR had to two a driver, they were considered out of the race; but a change has been made allowing crews to repair the cars once they have been towed to pit road after not being able to get moving on the track.

Even though they had just pitted for fresh tires and fuel, several drivers have come down pit road for more service. They can now finish the race without running out of fuel.

Joey Logano is reporting some clutch issues.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Larson alongside. Drivers are four and five wide across the track with Joey Logano out in front for the lead.

With 35 laps to go the top five are Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Erik Jones.

Lap 166, Kyle Larson takes the lead with Joey Logano in second; Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

“Mr Where Did He Com From” Kevin Harvick has entered the top 10 with 32 laps remaining in the race.

Harrison Burton and William Byron are out of the race.

Lap 169, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 171, Ross Chastain brings out the caution flag after spinning out. The car is stuck half on the track and half on the apron. Kyle Busch is the “lucky dog” and gets one of his two laps back.

Once Ross Chastain’s car has been delivered to pit road, the pit are open and the field comes down for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road. Team mates Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson come out next.

Chase Briscoe, Garrett Smithley, and BJ McLeod stay out on the track.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with 22 laps remaining in the race. On fresh tires, Kyle Larson jumps out to take the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 178, Alex Bowman slaps the wall but the track stays green. Bowman makes his way to pit road.

Chase Elliott also slaps the wall but stays out on the track.

Twenty to go, Kyle Larson leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

With just 17 laps to go, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly half a second on Joey Logano; Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 186, Daniel Suarez slaps the wall.

Lap 187, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over a second on Joey Logano.

Ten to go, Kyle Larson holds on to the lead of the race with Joey Logano in second; Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

The sun has dropped to an angle that visibility has become an issue in turn three.

Lap 191, Chase Elliott brings out the 12th caution flag of the race when he spins out.

Kyle Busch is the “lucky dog” and is now back on the lead lap since going laps down early in the race.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road and Daniel Suarez right behind him.

Though on the lead lap, Garrett Smithley and BJ McLeod have been pitting with the lap down drivers in order to stay out of the way of contenders on pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with just four laps remaining in the race. Daneil Suarez starts alongside on the front row. Kyle Larson gets out in front for the lead after a push from Joey Logano.

Joey Logano comes down to make it a three way battle for the lead between Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, and Joey Logano.

Daniel Suarez takes the lead with three laps to go.

Kyle Larson makes a run to take the lead with two laps to go.

Austin Dillon makes a run for Kyle Larson with two laps to go but fails to pass Larson.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

The number 31 car makes a run through the grass but the track stays green.

Kyle Larson takes the checkered flag to win the surfboard trophy. Larson is a California native. This is his 17th career win and his eleventh with Hendrick Motorsports. Larson was among the drivers who had to start the race from the back of the field after making a part change prior to the race.

The unofficial results of the Wise Power 400:
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Daniel Hemric
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Cole Custer
Austin Cindric
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Chase Briscoe
Ty Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Bubba Wallace
Todd Gilliland
Justin Haley
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Josh Bilicki
Michael McDowell
Cody Ware
Harrison Burton
William Byron
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell